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by Wayne Blank
Right from the start of His public teaching, not long after He called the twelve apostles, the Messiah healed numerous people of many forms of illness, and possession, including many so-called "lunatics":
"From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. And Jesus, walking by The Sea Of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And He saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you Fishers Of Men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed Him. And going on from thence, He saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed Him."
In the case of a young "lunatic" who was suffering from seizures, Jesus explained how faith is vital before, God willing, according to God's Plan and Purpose, the Holy Spirit (see The Spirit Of God) heals:
"And when they were come to the multitude, there came to Him a certain man, kneeling down to Him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is a lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not cure him."
Fact Finder: How are demons able to "possess" people? How can demon possession be cured?